WALPOLE, N.H. — This year, the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) is excited to celebrate 75 years of conservation in NH! Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the CCCD is hosting their 75th Annual Meeting virtually online, for all to enjoy from the comfort and safety of their homes, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 starting at 7pm.
Programming for this year’s virtual event include conservation project updates from the CCCD and partners at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), awards for exceptional conservation work in the County presented to Wingate Farm as the 2020 Cooperator of the Year and Steve Roberge as the 2020 Educator of the Year, and an engaging and informative keynote address by Historical Society of Cheshire County Executive Director Alan Rumrill.
Alan’s talk will share stories of changes and developments in agriculture, forestry and land conservation in Cheshire County over the past 75 years. Alan is an engaging speaker who has a wealth of knowledge about Cheshire County’s past. He is a native and current resident of Stoddard, NH where his family has lived since 1770! Alan has also served as Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County since 1983. He shares a story below about one momentous conservation action:
From Alan: The story of a large tract of land owned by the Dickinson family is one example of land use in the region that touches on both forestry and land conservation. The family had several large landholdings that were used to support their business enterprise, the New England Box Company. The company made wooden boxes that were used far and wide to hold a wide variety of products. One of their holdings was a tract of more than 13,000 acres where they harvested timber to be used in making the boxes, and made attempts to regenerate the forest for future use. Changes in the woodenware industry and the introduction of cardboard packaging meant that the family no longer needed the land. The New England Box Company worked with the State of New Hampshire to ensure that the land would be conserved. The result was the formation of Pisgah Park in 1968 – the largest state park in New Hampshire!
If you’re interested in hearing more uniquely New Hampshire stories like this, please join us virtually on October 27th to celebrate this year’s conservation successes and triumphs, celebrate awardees, and hear Alan’s full keynote address.
This year’s event is free of charge, but registration is still requested. To register for the CCCD’s virtual 75th Annual Meeting visit: https://cccd75th.eventbrite.
The virtual meeting on the evening of October 27th at 7pm will be streaming on several online platforms for your convenience. Registration will help us keep you informed on how to participate online. Contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 x4 with questions or for additional information.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and responsible use of our natural and agricultural resources for the people of Cheshire County by providing technical, financial, and educational assistance. Our goal is to encourage the stewardship of healthy soils, productive ecologically sound farms, diverse wildlife, productive sustainable forests, healthy watersheds, and clean water to ensure those resources are available for future generations. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole, NH where we work alongside the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988 ext.4 or email at amanda@cheshireconservation.
–Cheshire County Conservation District
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